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Tai chi (other names: Tai chi chuan, Tai Ji, tai ji chuan, Tai Ji Juan, Tai ji quan, Taiqi): Variation of self-healing. Tai chi is an ancient, yoga-like Chinese system of ballet-like exercises designed for health, self-defense, and spiritual development. Practicing tai chi supposedly facilitates the flow of chi through the body by dissolving blockages both within the body and between the body and the environment. Traditional Tai Chi prescribes about 108 to 128 postures, including repetitions.

Talisman: A magically charged object used to attract a certain type of energy or a particular type of person.

Tantra (Tantra Yoga): Mode of lovemaking that involves breath control, energy exchange meditations, techniques of sexual healing, and transformative touch.

Tao: (Chinese, The Way) The continual cosmic process of harmonious motions and activity between the yin and the yang.

Taoism: A Chinese religion and philosophy that sees the universe as engaged in ceaseless motion and activity. All is considered to be in continual flux. The universe is intrinsically dynamic. The process is described in terms of Yin and Yang that should be balanced or harmonized through yoga, meditation, etc., to promote spiritual wholeness. According to legend, Taoism founder Lao-tzu wrote Tao Te Ching ("The Way and Its Power") about 550 BC. His teaching was developed and spread in the third century BC by Chuang-Tzu, whose writings inspired the Tao Tsang, 1200 volumes of Taoist scripture.

Tao Te Ching: Sacred scripture of Taoism.

Tarot: A form of divination using a set of cards, usually 76 cards.

Telekinesis: A form of psychokinesis which involves moving objects with the mind without ever physically coming in contact with them.

Telepathy: Unspoken (psychic) communication between two minds.

Testicles: The male gonads: produce spermatozoa and male sex hormones.

Thai Massage: Millennia-old, sacred form of bodywork that resembles shiatsu and is related to Nadi Sutra Kriya. It draws from acupressure, passive yoga therapy, and reflexology. Thai Massage makes recipients feel more balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Third Eye: The psychic eye: not physically visible but mental. Located in the middle of the forehead.

Thyroid: The thyroid gland produces hormones that are essential for normal body metabolism. This gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam's apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea).

Tibetan medicine: (Amchi, Emchi): A system that mostly stems from Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Unani. Tibetan medicine encompasses acupuncture and moxibustion and heals both the physical and the psychic being. It includes reincarnation, evil spirits, tutelary gods, and three physiological principles (bodily energies): wind, bile  and phlegm. According to Tibetan medical theory, karma strongly influences 101 disorders caused by afflictive emotions (e.g., desire or hatred); another 101 disorders caused by such emotions involve spirits (harmful unseen forces); and it is appropriate to expose certain medical substances to the light of the full moon.

Tincture: A liquid usually made by soaking a whole herb or its parts in a mixture of water and ethyl alcohol (such as vodka). The alcohol helps extract the herb's active components, concentrating and preserving them.

Totem: Non human entity, usually but not always an animal, that symbolizes the spiritual essence, and often the first ancestor, of a group.

Trance: One of the most common altered states of consciousness. It is characterized by extreme disassociation often to the point of appearing unconscious.

Transcendental Meditation: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded TM in 1957. TM is a means of experiencing "pure awareness." It involves sitting comfortably, with eyes closed, for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day while one mentally repeats a mantra. In TM, a mantra purportedly is a "thought-sound" that has a known vibratory effect but does not have a designative meaning. The TM teacher chooses a mantra suitable for the initiate.

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Vajra: Sanskrit: One of the channels in the astral spine

Vedas: 1. The four Vedas of the earliest Sanskrit hymns and verses: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda. 2. Equivalent to shruti, "revelation," comprising the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads as the eternal and unauthored source of Hinduism.

Vedic Astrology: Ancient system that allegedly helps to resolve doubts concerning children, health, spiritual growth, and other subjects. Suggestions regarding donations, gemstones, herbs, mantras, yantras (mystic diagrams), and rituals are integral to the system.

Vibrational medicine:  The expressions "energy healing," "energy work," and "energetic healing work" appear synonymous with "vibrational medicine." Healing philosophy whose main tenet is that humans are "dynamic energy systems" ("body/mind/spirit" complexes) and reflect evolutionary patterns of soul growth. Its postulates include the following. (a ) Health and illness originate in subtle energy systems. (b) These systems coordinate the life-force and the physical body. (c) Emotions, spirituality, and nutritional and environmental factors affect the subtle energy systems. Vibrational medicine embraces acupuncture, aromatherapy, Bach flower therapy, chakra rebalancing, channeling, color therapy, crystal healing, absent healing, electroacupuncture,  flower essence therapy, homeopathy, Kirlian photography, laserpuncture, the laying on of hands, meridian therapy, mesmerism, moxibustion, Past-life Regression, Polarity Therapy, psychic healing, psychic surgery, Reiki, sonopuncture, Toning, Transcendental Meditation, and Therapeutic Touch.

Virtues: Magical properties of objects like herbs, stones, and creatures as was assigned to them during their divine creation.

Visualization: 1. Forming clear mental images often used in magic to focus and direct energy to a visualized goal. 2. Imagining a scene, a person, or an object with intense clarity, this is often done through a meditation.

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Ward: A protection spell.

Wicca: A neo-pagan reconstruction of witchcraft. Most Wiccans call themselves witches, but not all witches are necessarily Wiccan.

Witch: A member of the Wicca religion. A practitioner of witchcraft. There are many types and traditions of witches. A witch is not necessarily a Wiccan, though if a Wiccan practices witchcraft they can be called a witch.

Witchcraft: The practice of spells and magic, often involving the worship of deities or a god and/or goddess

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Yantra Yoga (Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Yantra Tibetan Yoga): Tibetan Buddhist variation of hatha yoga. The benefits of practicing Yantra Yoga include balanced energy and spiritual development.

Yin/Yang Taoist terms referring to the active and passive principles of the universe. Yin refers to the female or inactive negative force; Yang to the male or active force. These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. Both are necessary and both must be harmonized for proper function. Yin and Yang flows through the human body so that a balance is required to maintain health.

Yoga (from Sanskrit meaning "discipline," ) Yoga is an ancient philosophy of life as well as a system of exercises that encourages the union of mind, body, and spirit. The ultimate aim of yoga is to achieve a state of balance and harmony between mind and body. There is evidence that yoga was practiced as early as 5,000 years ago, although the first written description is found in the Yoga Sutras, a book from the second century B.C. The Yoga Sutras describe a multifold path to spiritual enlightenment that includes Hatha Yoga, the system of physical exercises that is most often followed by Western yoga practitioners today. The discipline of Hatha Yoga combines deep breathing, physical postures known as asanas, and meditation. Practiced widely by people of all ages, hatha yoga is often recommended for stress reduction and as a way to improve overall health and well being.

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Zen Buddhism: A Japanese branch of Mahayana Buddhism believed to have originated in India from the teachings of a Buddhist master, Bodhidharma, about 600 BC, but traced back by advocates to the Buddha himself. Practitioners seek satori (sudden illumination enabling bliss and harmony), which cannot be explained but only experienced. Techniques include zazen (sitting meditation techniques) and koans, which are short riddles or sayings. The koans (which number about 1700) are not designed to have cognitive answers but to promote the experience of Zen.

Zodiac: The band of twelve constellations along the plane of the ecliptic through which pass the sun, moon and planets across the sky. Each constellation, or sign, is attributed symbolic significance and associations that describe or affect various aspects of life on Earth.

Zone Therapy: Reflexology

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